The Vegas Art Scene

Vegas, America’s adult playground, has another side to it that has been long ignored by most visitors. There is a burgeoning collective of visual artists that are embracing the local flavor and creating incredible art that is inspired by the unique scenery and cultural elements that make up the city.  As featured in the segment above from the The Guardian, Las Vegas has much more to offer…


MOCA & The Underground Museum

n 2015 MOCA and The Underground Museum launched a multiyear collaboration that realizes exhibitions developed by the late artist Noah Davis that use works from MOCA’s esteemed collection of contemporary art. Davis, along with his wife and fellow artist Karon Davis, conceived of The Underground Museum as a space for exhibitions, events, dialogue, and artist collaborations. Located in the working class neighborhood of Arlington Heights, The Underground Museum is a cultural outpost complete with a garden and film screenings, dedicated to ensuring access to contemporary art and ideas for all of LA’s residents.

Non-fiction, the collaboration’s second iteration, pulls together works of art that investigate, either explicitly or implicitly, the culture of violence perpetrated on black citizens. The exhibition features several pieces from MOCA’s permanent collection, including works by Kara Walker, Henry Taylor, and Marion Palfi. Artists Theaster Gates, Robert Gober, David Hammons, Deana Lawson, and Kerry James Marshall have also lent work for the exhibition. Non-fiction promises to be an emotionally charged and complex exhibition, made possible by the integrity and experimental vision that fuels The Underground Museum.

The year-long exhibition will be accompanied by ongoing programs that will include a summer film series, artist talks, meditation sessions in The Underground Museum’s Purple Garden, and more.


ON VIEW MAR 20, 2016 – MAR 1, 2017
The Underground Museum
3508 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Free admission